Sirens & Gavels

FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2011, 2 P.M.

2 motorcyclists clocked at 110 mph

A motorcyclist was arrested after a chase that began when police clocked him driving 110 mph on U.S. Highway 195 Thursday.

Another motorcyclist driving alongside the biker at 110 mph escaped after crashing his bike in Moscow, Idaho, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

The arrested rider, Ryan J. Peil, 22, of Cheney, told deputies he didn't know the other driver and apologized for fleeing arrest. He was booked into jail on a charge of eluding police and is to appear in Superior Court today.

Peil and the other rider were driving side-by-side while southbound on the 60 mph highway when Deputy Greg Lance, who was northbound, turned around and tried to stop the pair. The two easily escaped Lance and his Ford SUV, which has a top speed of about 95 mph, the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputy Ray Miller tried to stop the riders at 195 and Plaza Road, but the two slowed to about 20 mph then sped away while passing traffic in a prohibited area.

The motorcyclists split up, and Miller followed Peil into Rosalia, where citizens alerted him to a building Peil was hiding behind. Peil was arrested without incident.

Whitman County sheriff's deputies, along with Pullman and Washington State University police, chased the second motorcyclist to Moscow, where they found a helmet and jacket at the crash site but no rider.

Sgt. Dave Reagan said the crashed bike belongs to a man with warrants in Kootenai County but he did not identify him.

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